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Kids and Learning the Value of Money

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Children Under 10 Years Old

Children of all ages love money but they rarely learn or understand the value of it until they are at the higher end of this age bracket.  It is your job as a parent to begin to explain the philosophy of money to them.  You can begin by explaining that there is a certain amount of money in your household each month and that there are certain expenses, such as food, clothing, house and utilities, that need to be paid from this money.  It is not necessary to go into dollar amounts.

Make them understand that you can not spend everything that you make and that a portion must be put into a savings account for emergencies and the future.    Teach them the importance of saving by creating a "family  fund" where you save for something special.  It can be as extravagant as a vacation to Disney World or as small as a night at the movies.  In addition, explain especially to young children, the process of having the correct amount of money to purchase something that they want.

If your child gets an allowance you should teach them to save 10 percent, donate a portion and then they can have the rest for their spending money. 

Children Ages 11 -15 Years Old

This is the age where children begin to have opportunities to earn some real cash and it is important that they understand the importance of earning an income.  At the age of 11 -13 your child can earn money by doing odd jobs and babysitting. When they reach the age of 14 they can get for working papers and apply to local retail businesses and restaurants for summer jobs.

This is a good time to take them to a bank to open up their own savings account and to establish a routine of putting money into the account with each paycheck.  If they start saving from an early age it is more likely that they will continue this way of managing money as an adult.

It is important to teach them that they must use their own money to purchase items that you feel are a want rather than a need.

Children Ages 16 and Over

By the age of 16 most teenagers have part-time jobs and are introduced to the concept of paying taxes.  They will learn about paying taxes and doing a tax return. 

It is a good time to teach them how to manage a checking account and use an ATM card.  It is beneficial to them to teach them to plan ahead for major expenses like car insurance.  They should be held more responsible for purchasing some of their own clothes to help them appreciate the cost involved. They will learn that sometimes they will need to defer a purchase until they have enough money.